How To Safely Laser Through Summer

How To Safely Laser Through Summer

Warmer weather means more time enjoying the outdoors, but that doesn't have to mean putting your laser treatments on hold. In fact, summer can be a great time to target areas that typically don't see the sun, like underarms and the Brazilian area. By covering up exposed areas or using a strong sunscreen, you can continue all of your laser hair removal sessions throughout the summer!

How to Safely Laser in Summer

Laser hair removal during the summer requires some extra precautions to ensure your skin stays safe and you get the best results. Here’s how you can safely undergo laser treatments even when the sun is shining bright.

Understanding Inflammation and Sun Exposure

Laser treatments can cause temporary inflammation in the treated areas, making your skin more sensitive to the sun's rays. This is why it's crucial to protect your skin post-treatment. However, not all sun exposure is the same. Passive sun exposure, such as walking to your car or sitting under a shaded area, typically doesn't pose a significant risk. On the other hand, intense sun exposure, like sunbathing or prolonged outdoor activities, can increase the risk of complications.

The Importance of Physical Sunblock with Zinc

Using a physical sunblock that contains zinc oxide is one of the best ways to protect your skin after laser treatments. Zinc oxide acts as a physical barrier, reflecting the sun's rays away from your skin, unlike chemical sunscreens that absorb the rays. Here are some tips for using sunscreen effectively:

  • Choose a broad-spectrum, high-SPF sunscreen with zinc oxide.
  • Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed areas 15 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply every two hours, especially if you're sweating or swimming.
  • Consider wearing protective clothing, such as hats and long sleeves, to further shield your skin.

We recommend Unsun Mineral Sunscreen.

Timing and Tanning

One of the common concerns with summer laser treatments is tanning. A tan, whether from the sun or tanning beds, makes your skin more vulnerable to the laser's heat, increasing the risk of burns and pigmentation changes. Here’s what you need to know about managing your tan:

  • Wait 4 weeks after your last significant sun exposure before undergoing laser treatment. After 4 weeks, even if your tan is still visible, it is no longer considered active and is generally safe to treat.
  • If you’re ever unsure, just call or DM us for advice!
  • For areas like the underarms and Brazilian, which are less likely to be exposed to the sun, laser treatments can often continue safely throughout the summer.

Practical Tips for Summer Laser Sessions

  • Wear Protective Clothing: Opt for breathable pants, hats, and "boy short" style bathing suit bottoms to cover treated areas.
  • Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Try to schedule your outdoor activities in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is less intense.
  • Stay Hydrated: Keeping your skin hydrated helps maintain its health and can aid in the healing process post-treatment.

With the right precautions, you can safely continue your laser hair removal treatments throughout the summer months. Remember, consistency is key to achieving the best results. By following these guidelines and using zinc-based sunscreen, you can protect your skin and enjoy smooth, hair-free results all year round. 


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